Monday, January 9, 2012

In God's image



The Old Testament reading today is Genesis 1.1-2.3, the story of creation. In it are the words:

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them;  male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply ...'

This ties in with an article in today's Irish Times. It's on the subject of cosmetic surgery and the fallout from the recent breast implants fiasco (which I've posted on previously). But the article contained info that was new to me: apparently there are doctors willing to perform surgery on the private parts of women for no better reason than that so they can look like those of the women featured in the pornography that is so readily available.

I have nothing but pity for the women who feel those sort of pressures - what kind of a society are we living in? As if the pressure to have the right clothes, hair, body, face, or life wasn't enough, now they have to have the right private parts? And I regard doctors who perform such procedures as predators. I know that cosmetic surgery is a necessary thing, but not this kind of stuff. 

It all comes down to image ... trying to conform our bodies to some kind of external image. Why? Even if the knife could give you the 'perfect' body, whatever that is, to what end? It is only a temporary fix, because time will take away what you have bought from the surgeon. And then what? Far better to be happy knowing that you are made in God's image than fooling yourself into thinking you can find happiness in a surgical theatre.

Something that we might pray for for ourselves ... and all others. Amen.

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